Qatif is one of the oldest settlements in Eastern Arabia, its history going back to 3500 BC. Before the discovery of oil, Qatifi people used to work as merchants, farmers, and fishermen. The historical town functioned for centuries as the most important trade port in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf.
The Qarmatians, Buyids of western Persia, Uyunids, Usfurids, Jabrids, rulers of Basra, the Ottomans and even the Portuguese conquered and ruled Qatif. In 1913, Qatif, along with the rest of the Eastern province, came under the ruling of to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Only a few ruins remain. #qatif #saudiarabia #everydaymiddleeast #everydayeverywhere 20.05.2017 @tasneemalsultan